Great Children's Books you may have missed Great Children's Books you may have missed

2012 was a fantastic year for children's publishing. So many amazing books were published it’s quite possible even the most dedicated of parents missed a few. Below are favourites chosen by our book experts. Just click on the age range you are interested in. Also don't miss our special Christmas Books section. All of them make perfect presents.



2012 Great Reads for Babies and Toddlers

A Dog Called Homeless
Sarah Lean
May 2012 Debut of the Month. How a young girl finds hope and a way forward after the death of her mother and the collapse of her familiar life is a deeply touching story. Cally stops talking when no one believes... Featured in: 11+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 26/04/2012
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This is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Winner of the UKLA Book Awards 3-6yrs 2014- Winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal. One of Julia Eccleshare's Stand-out Children's Book of the Year 2012 Best-selling illustrator Jon Klassen follows... Featured in: 3+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 5+ readers | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Hardback | Released 11/10/2012
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A Stallion Called Midnight
Victoria Eveleigh
A perfect story for pony-lovers in which Jenny secretly befriends a wild stallion on the island of Lundy. It is heart-rending but ultimately uplifting and it will bring you close to tears at times. It takes its inspiration from a... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads | Pony Mad
Format: Paperback | Released 21/06/2012
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Reader ReviewedThe One Dollar Horse
Lauren St.John
Blue Peter prize-winner Lauren St John tells a thrilling rags-to-riches story in this gripping story of one girl and her dream. Horse-mad Casey has only one dream: to ride a winner in the Badminton Horse trials. But Casey lives in... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2012
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Shrunk!
Fleur Hitchcock
September 2012 Debut of the Month. With Jupiter in one pocket and a meteorite in the other, both shrunk by him, Tom knows he has a strange power... Featured in: 9+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | Hot Key Books | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2012
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Elf Girl and Raven Boy : Fright Forest
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the 2013 Leeds Book Award - July 2012 Book of the Month. Humour, magic and the altogether unexpected are woven together engagingly to create a delightfully original adventure. Elf Girl and Raven Boy meet by chance and soon... Featured in: 7+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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Earthfall
Mark Walden
Shortlisted for the 2013 Leeds Book Award - June 2012 Book of the Month. Rich in dazzlingly but sinister technology with Grendels, Drones and Hunters on the attack, this headlong adventure of how a group of kids fight against it... Featured in: 9+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2014
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The Pirates Next Door
Jonny Duddle
Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Award 2012 - Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 - Shortlisted for the National Book Tokens Children's Book of the Year 2012 When the Jolley Rogers arrive at Dull-on-sea, a quiet... Featured in: 3+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 5+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | World Book Day
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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2012 Great Reads for 3+ Children

I Spy Under the Sea--. Edward Gibbs
Edward Gibbs
Look through the spy holes and count the sea creatures in this underwater take on the classic game. Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback / softback | Released 01/08/2012
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The Selfish Crocodile Book of Words
Faustin Charles
Case-bound, luxury edition early learning board book featuring the friendly, super-snappy bestselling Selfish Crocodile. Take a word safari with a whole array of animal friends. This is a sister board book to the equally brilliant Selfish Crocodile Book of... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Board book | Released 02/08/2012
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Noodle Loves Bedtime
Marion Billet
Delightful baby panda Noodle is a charming guide to all kinds of familiar places and situations in these gorgeous touch and feel books (click here for more books about Noodle). On a visit to the beach he feels the gritty... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 2012 Great Reads | Nosy Crow
Format: Board book | Released 04/08/2011
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The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World
Gordon Snell
Age 3+. This is one of the loveliest picture books that's been published in 2011 to share with your toddler. In the extraordinary adventures of the King of Quizzical Island, the King decides he must prove to his citizens that... Featured in: 3+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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The Baby's Catalogue
Allan Ahlberg
30th Anniversary edition of this classic celebration of babies – their dinners, prams, accidents, gardens, bedtimes and bath times, books, pets and even their Mums and Dads. Everything that is familiar to a baby is beautifully captured in Janet Ahlberg's... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Hardback | Released 07/06/2012
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The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom
Steve Smallman
What better than a cheeky monkey to enthuse a young child to love books in this bestselling picture book. This edition comes complete with a CD read by CBBC's Justin Fletcher. The reading is a great aid to improving reading skills, perfect for bedtime,... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Mixed media product | Released 01/04/2012
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What the Ladybird Heard (Board Book)
Julia Donaldson
Winner of the Scottish Book Award 2010 (0-7 years category). Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have teamed up for another brilliant picture book. Right in the farmyard among all the noisy animals with their MOOs! and... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | All Shortlists and Winners | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2012
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The Great Sheep Shenanigans
Peter Bently
A catchy rhyming text propels this entertaining story of how the wily sheep manage to see off the predatory but foolish wolf. Lou Pine thinks he's one cool and clever wolf but all his well-made plans go badly wrong –... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Clare Beaton's Farmyard Rhymes
Clare Beaton
Full of life, the beautifully stitched pictures of familiar farm animals each perfectly matched with a rhyme makes a wonderful introduction to sheep, cows and horses. A wonderful book to read again and again at bedtime. Click here for... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Board book | Released 01/01/2012
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The Journey Home
Frann Preston-Gannon
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013A thought-provoking story with a powerful message about conservation from an award-winning, rising illustrator and literary star. It is the first book by... Featured in: 3+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2012
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Rosie's Magic Horse
Russell Hoban
ONE OF JULIA ECCLESHARE'S TOP 10 OF 2012 Children's Laureate Quentin Blake and best-selling author Russell Hoban have created an entrancing magical and lyrical fantasy that's perfect for anyone who can share the dream of a magical adventure. A discarded... Featured in: 3+ readers | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2012
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2012 Great Reads for 5+ Children

Goldilocks
Allan Ahlberg
‘One of Julia Eccleshare's Stand-out Children's Book of the Year 2012'A brilliant book which is full of original stories all of which are variations on the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Each retelling becomes more... Featured in: 3+ readers | Christmas 2012 | 5+ readers | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Hardback | Released 20/09/2012
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The Splendid Spotted Snake
Betty Ann Schwartz
A super-clever, 'magic ribbon' book that will leave your kids amazed! A snake gets bigger and its spots change colour at every turn of the... Featured in: 3+ readers | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2011
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Newspaper Boy and Origami Girl
Michael Foreman
September 2012 Book of the Month. This wonderful fantasy tells how a group of mean-minded bullies are seen off by the feisty Origami Girl. When bullies try to steal Joey's money from selling newspapers they find themselves in for a... Featured in: 3+ readers | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2012
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Hippospotamus
Jeanne Willis
Winner of The English Association 2013 (Fiction 4-7) September 2012 Book of the Month. This best-selling author/illustrator team have come up with a cracker of a story told with flair and invention. Poor hippopotamus has a spotamus on her bottomus…How... Featured in: 3+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2012
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The Monster Machine
Nicola L. Robinson
June 2012 Book of the Month. Have monster fun with the making of monsters and what they do next! Topped up with the right ingredients of slugs, toenail clippings, earwax, spiders and some special glue, the monster-making machine churns out... Featured in: 3+ readers | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 16/05/2012
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Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann
All young readers will delight at knowing the trick the animals play on the unsuspecting zoo keeper! It's bedtime and the zoo keeper sets off to lock the animals up for the night. But, the gorilla has a clever plan.... Featured in: 3+ readers | Bookshelf Essentials | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2012
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The Gentle Lion and Little Owlet : A Tale of an Unlikely Friendship
Alice Shirley
The touching story of a very unusual friendship lies at the heart of this beautiful book. When a little owl falls from the sky and lands on a lion's paws it should be terrified. Instead, this little owlet feels sure... Featured in: 3+ readers | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 21/03/2012
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2012 Great Reads for 7+ Children

Katy's Wild Foal (Katy's Ponies)
Victoria Eveleigh
How Katy discovers a newborn Exmoor foal on her birthday and persuades her family that she can look after it launches a tender and convincing story of one girl's passion for ponies. Victoria Eveleigh gives enough details of pony care... Featured in: 7+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | Pony Mad
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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The Great Explorer
Chris Judge
Resourceful Tom has a great fantasy adventure in this exciting and action-packed story with clear, bold illustrations. Setting out to find his father who has gone missing on an expedition to the North Pole, Tom sails through icebergs, flees from... Featured in: 3+ readers | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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The Great Dog Disaster
Katie Davies
June 2012 Book of the Month. If you're looking for entertainment and a wildly funny adventure then any one of the Katie Davies stories is perfect. It's told from the perspective of 9 year old Anna, a young girl with... Featured in: 5+ readers | Books of the Month | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month. Winner of The People's Book Prize 2012, a national competition aimed at discovering new and unknown works: a truly democratic book prize decided exclusively by the public. Also Winner of 2013 Heart... Featured in: 3+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | Christmas 2012 | 5+ readers | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 18/05/2011
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My Adventure Island
Timothy Knapman
April 2012 Book of the Month. My Adventure Island is a magical place where anything can happen particularly if you have a little bit of imagination. It's a brilliantly funny tale of mischief and mayhem by Timothy Knapman, author of the Featured in: 5+ readers | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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Swallows and Spiders : Follow the Swallow and Spinderella
Julia Donaldson
Two stories in one! - Follow the Swallow and Spinderella - in this great bind-up of two titles, perfect for children bridging the gap between picture books and chapter books. It's part of Egmont's highly sought after and hugely respected... Featured in: 5+ readers | Books of the Month | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2012
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Tales from Schwartzgarte: Osbert the Avenger
Christopher William Hill
Macabre and gruesome and wickedly funny, this is dark story of one boy's determined quest to destroy those who have hurt him and his family. When Osbert wins a coveted place at the prestigious Institute he uncovers every kind of... Featured in: 7+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 9+ readers | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2012
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The Odds
Adam Perrott
September 2012 Book of the Month. The Odd family delight in making mischief, and playing tricks on each other, or on the unsuspecting residents of the town of Trott. But they meet their match in the Plopwells - a seemingly... Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Month | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2012
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The Grave Robber's Apprentice
Allan Stratton
This is an exhilarating, swash-buckling adventure that's full of humour and heart and bursting with breakneck action, set in a fantastical world with haunted forests, avalanche sledding and circus bears. Featured in: 7+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill A New Case for Precious Ramotwse
Alexander Mccall Smith
Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith tells a charming detective story for children as Precious, even while still a young girl, shows early signs of curiousity and a determination to find things out. When two new children arrive in school Precious... Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Month | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Hardback | Released 04/07/2012
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Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
June 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When... Featured in: 7+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | Audio Books | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 09/06/2011
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Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 1 : Skeleton Island
Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
June 2012 Book of the Month. This is the first in a fantastic new series that we guarantee will get even the most reluctant reader reading! It combines everything that boys and girls aged 7+ will love including time-travelling, treasure... Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Month | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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The Dragonsitter
Josh Lacey
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. A hilarious story full of useful tips for any dragon-minder. When Eddie's Uncle Morton goes off on an urgent mission he leaves his dragon behind with Eddie as the babysitter. But a dragon... Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Month | All Shortlists and Winners | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2012
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2012 Great Reads for 9+ Children

Reader ReviewedNot Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of how... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Books for Boys | 2012 Great Reads | Michael Morpurgo Month | Schools | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2012
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My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster
Timothy Knapman
Foulpest returns - our unlikely hero in the form of an ogre! Welcome back to Wally's world - a hilarious offering of ogre uncles, evil weevils and more! My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster is the hilarious second instalment in the series by Timothy Knapman.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2012
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Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics
Jeanne Willis
Daft dinosaurs create delightfully madcap fun in this hilarious family saga with a difference. When gang warfare between Darwin the stegosaurus and T Rex Flint Beastwood breaks out, the exuberant mayor Boris comes up with a great plan. Why not... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Books for Boys | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 25/01/2012
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Muncle Trogg and the Flying Donkey
Janet Foxley
A welcome return of a delightfully tiny giant. Everything has changed on Mount Grumble as the Smallings – or humans - have gone. But, while all the other giants celebrate, Muncle Trogg worries that something is going badly wrong… Luckily... Featured in: 7+ readers | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2012
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The Unforgotten Coat
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Winner of 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize "The judges read... Featured in: 9+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | Diverse Voices | 2012 Great Reads | Schools | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2012
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The Wolf Princess
Cathryn Constable
Shortlisted for the National Book Tokens Children's Book of the Year 2012 and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013 Exciting, atmospheric, romantic and stylish, The Wolf Princess marks a welcome return to the comfort of traditional storytelling. Steeped in history... Featured in: 9+ readers | Audio Books | All Shortlists and Winners | 11+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2012
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The Grimm Legacy
Polly Shulman
September 2012 Debut of the Month. Full of wit and invention, this is a terrific story which imaginatively blends motifs from fairy stories into a present day adventure. When Elizabeth gets a job in the New York Circulating Material Library... Featured in: 9+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2012
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Ribblestrop Forever!
Andy Mulligan
September 2012 Book of the Month. The school where hilarious things happen, is back. Not surprisingly, there are some pretty hair-raising adventures as a result and the setting provides an unusual vision of school and the activities that go on... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 30/08/2012
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Fizzlebert Stump The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus (and Joined the Library)
A. F. Harrold
July 2012 Debut of the Month. A hero with a difference! Fizzlebert Stump wants to make changes to his life. Bored with life in the circus, he is determined to run away and join…the Library! How Fizzlebert sets out to... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading 2012 | Debuts of the Month | Books for Boys | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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Four Children and It
Jacqueline Wilson
The new bestseller from Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and The Illustrated Mum, is a funny, moving and heart-warming story of four children who discover a way to make wishes come true. Echoing the classic E Nesbit... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | 2012 Great Reads | Audio Books | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 16/08/2012
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BFFs 1 : Sink or Swim!
Holly Robbins
July 2012 Book of the Month. All the hopes and fears for Ellie as she moves up to secondary school are brilliantly captured in this fun to read story which shows how important friends are when you are facing a... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2012
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Reader ReviewedThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Catherynne M. Valente
June 2012 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A witty and original prize-winning debut 'fairy' novel that has won the hearts of readers across the US. Once an ordinary 12 year old, nothing is ever ordinary again for... Featured in: 9+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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The Abominables
Eva Ibbotson
Shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian children's fiction prize and One of Julia Eccleshare's Stand-out Children's Book of the Year 2012. July 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning Eva Ibbotson's charming fantasy about the rescue of an entertaining ... Featured in: 9+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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The Sleeping Army
Francesca Simon
May 2012 Book of the Month. Freya is an ordinary girl living in modern Britain, but with a twist: people still worship the Viking gods. One evening, stuck with her dad on his night shift at the British Museum, she... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | Audio Books | 2012 Great Reads | Schools | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2012
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White Dolphin
Gill Lewis
Shortlisted for the Centurion Book Award (Bath) and the Kernow Youth Book Award. Bestselling Gill Lewis's new story tells of the amazing, life-affirming powers of dolphins. Kara's life is in a mess; her mum has disappeared, she is in trouble at... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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One Dog and His Boy
Eva Ibbotson
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year Award 2011.Award winning Eva Ibbotson's poignant and beautiful last book celebrates a boy's passion for a dog. All Hal has ever wanted is a dog but his parents refuse... Featured in: 9+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 2012 Great Reads | Schools | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Wonder
R. J. Palacio
Chosen by Stylist magazine as one of the Cult Books of 2012. Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. This is... Featured in: 9+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2012
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Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
December 2012 Book of the Month. A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | 11+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | Nosy Crow | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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The Worst Thing About My Sister
Jacqueline Wilson
Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson understands perfectly how the needle sharp jealousy of sisters is matched only by the strength of their underlying affection. Marty and Melissa are not in the least little bit like each other; Marty is a tomboy and... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | 2012 Great Reads | Audio Books | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2012
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The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
Kate Saunders
A bewitching, bewildering, hilarious and absolutely irresistible magical adventure. A wonderful new life begins for Oz and Lily when their father inherits the family chocolate factory from a long lost uncle. Moving into their new home, Lily knows at once... Featured in: 9+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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2012 Great Reads for 11+ Children

Itch
Simon Mayo
Shortlisted for the National Book Tokens Children's Book of the Year 2012 A terrific action adventure packed-full of fascinating true science! Itch is making an unusual collection: when it is finished, it will include all the elements of the periodic... Featured in: 11+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 9+ readers | Books for Boys | 2012 Great Reads | Schools | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 25/10/2012
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Liar and Spy
Rebecca Stead
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2013 & Winner of the 2013 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize September 2013 Book of the Month Award-winning Rebecca Steed tells a wonderfully touching story with great... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Year | All Shortlists and Winners | Christmas 2012 | 9+ readers | 2012 Great Reads
Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2012
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Chomp
Carl Hiaasen
April 2012 Book of the Month. An hilarious, edge-of-your seat read. Animal lovers everywhere will love this great story about dangerous creatures which also gives a behind the scenes look at how the worst TV shows are made. Wahoo's... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 05/04/2012
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Call Me Drog
Sue Cowing
April 2012 Debut of the Month. Parker's got a lot of demons to face as he struggles to come to terms with his parent's separation and his father's expectations of him. He thinks he's coping alright until he finds Drog... Featured in: 11+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2012
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Season of Secrets
Sally Nicholls
A haunting and unforgettable novel from the award-winning author of Ways to Live Forever. Season of Secrets weaves the tale of a heartbroken child and an age-old legend into beautiful story of love, healing and strange magic. Resonant... Featured in: 11+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Twilight Robbery
Frances Hardinge
March 2012 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Prize 2011. Award winning Frances Hardinge's first novel Fly By Night starred Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent. Now they are back for a thrilling new adventure in... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month | All Shortlists and Winners | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2011
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Reader ReviewedMortal Chaos
Matt Dickinson
'The Butterfly Effect' - otherwise known as the scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever - is the central premise of this stunning debut. This heart-stopping adventure by writer,... Featured in: 11+ readers | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
Winner of the 2013 Leeds Book Award 11-14 age category. A Piece of Passion from the Publisher: We at Scholastic Children's Books are very proud to be publishing Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery. It genuinely takes a lot... Featured in: 11+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | Summer Reading | Reluctant Readers | Books for Boys | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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Reader ReviewedThe Raven Boys
Maggie Stiefvater
One of Julia Eccleshare's Stand-out Children's Book of the Year 2012 Best-selling Maggie Stiefvater is mesmerising in this gripping and touching tale of the mysterious and the supernatural. Blue doesn't have the clairvoyant skills of her mother and her... Featured in: 13+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 19/09/2012
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Throne of Glass
Sarah J. Maas
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013 Sarah J Maas's novels have been an online sensation with bloggers the world over hearing about her. Her protagonist is 18 year old Celaena; beautiful but deadly and destined for greatness but... Featured in: 13+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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2012 Great Reads for 14+ Children

Hav3n
Tom Easton
A fast-paced story with a chilling edge Hav3n is an adventure set in a terrifying but credible future. When Hav3n, the deadliest virus the world has even known, is unleashed everyone except Josh, his sister Martha and seventy eight other... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Month | Books for Boys | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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There is No Dog
Meg Rosoff
Bob created the heavens and the earth and the beasts of the field and twenty-five million other species including lots of gorgeous girls. Imagine that God is a typical teenage boy. He is lazy, careless, self-obsessed, sex-mad - and about... Featured in: 13+ readers | Summer Reading 2012 | Books for Boys | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2012
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A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal AND 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. This is the first time, in the Awards 75 year history, that one book has won both prizes! Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel... Featured in: 13+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | Carnegie Greenaway | YA readers | 2012 Great Reads | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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Starters
Lissa Price
In a world ravaged by war and genocide, when a virus has wiped out all adults aged 18 – 60, becoming someone else is now possible. Teens can rent their bodies to older people - called enders - who want... Featured in: 13+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 29/03/2012
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Dear Dylan
Siobhan Curham
April 2012 Book of the Month. Winner of the YoungMinds Book Award 2010. This was a self-publishing YA phenomenon in 2010 and winner of the above award beating the likes of Julia Donaldson and Bali Rai. Then it was bought... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Month | All Shortlists and Winners | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2012
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The Look
Sophia Bennett
March 2012 Book of the Month. We suspect this may well be Sophia Bennett's break-out novel. Her previous ones have done immensely well but this novel for teenagers is blisteringly good. It's the story of two sisters whose world falls... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Month | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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All Fall Down
Sally Nicholls
March 2012 Book of the Month. This is an eagerly anticipated, powerful and inspiring historical novel about survival in the face of real-life horror from one of today's most exciting young writers. Sally Nicholls provides a heartbreaking account of one... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Month | 11+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2013
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The Demon Trappers: Forgiven
Jana Oliver
Riley Blackthorne. Kicking hell's ass one demon at a time... The third in the excellent Demon Trappers sequence. Click here to visit the Demon Trappers series website. It includes a forum where readers can discuss the books and a... Featured in: 13+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2012
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Bullet Boys
Ally Kennen
Shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian children's fiction prize and One of Julia Eccleshare's Stand-out Children's Book of the Year 2012 An outstanding book for all teen readers, Bullet Boys is a gripping, desperate story about boys, girls, guns and... Featured in: 13+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 2012 Great Reads | Schools | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2012
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Sally Gardner
A brand new quirky detective series called WINGS & Co. brimming with humour, mystery and magic by million-copy selling author Sally Gardner and illustrated by David Roberts. Operation Bunny is the first case for the Fairy Detective Agency and with... Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Month | Audio Books | 2012 Great Reads | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2012
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A Greyhound of a Girl
Roddy Doyle
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 & the 2012 Guardian children's fiction prize. Best-selling Roddy Doyle has written a wonderful, funny and warm-hearted family story about the dying of a granny which weaves together the lives of four generations... Featured in: 11+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | Summer Reading 2012 | 2012 Great Reads | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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Elizabeth Wein
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 This is one of the most inspiring books for the YA market that we've seen for a while. The quality of the writing is so smooth and the storyline so compelling that you'll... Featured in: 13+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | Summer Reading | 2012 Great Reads | Schools | The World Wars | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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Each year thousands of children's books are published and each month we feature around 80 of our favourites, all categorised by age range. Below, after much debate in the office, are the ones we think are the best of the year. We hope you enjoy the selection. Many of them are available in a selection of formats including eBooks for both kindle and iPad.

So, browse away and make sure you haven't missed out on our 'must reads' of 2012.

And if you need more specific recommendations then click one of the special feature links below.

Children's Classics - perfect if you are looking for gifts to last a lifetime.

childrens classics

Nosy Crow - award winning publisher with books and apps for toddlers to teens.

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Hot Key - exceptional authors and great stories for nine to nineteen year-olds readers.

Hot key books

Under Cover Reads from Walker Books - for the ultimate in Young Adult Fiction.

under covedr reads

If you're still stuck then our most visited area of the site is a must for you to look at. Book Awards is positively choking with stunning reads, all winners or shortlisted for big awards announced during 2012, while for the funniest books of the year, there's the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

And finally for any boy or girl obsessed with facts, rather than fiction, we have a special section for them as well - called, unsurprisingly, Fascinating Facts.

Fascinating Facts


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